(I'm glad you like them! I haven't actually written much of their story itself, but I do have the general plot planned out, and their personalities. You'll be seeing them around the Writing Room a lot, in any case.)
Describe your family. How do you feel about them? Are you close to them?
My parents are lawyers like me. They can be sort of distant with me and my sister, but they love us and we love them. My sister, Haley, is a professional dancer, and generally a great person to be around. I'm also pretty close with my father's side of the family. I last saw my mother's parents for a few months four years ago, when they were in Chicago for medical treatment for something. The others on that side have tried to patch things up, and a few of them, it turns out, are actually fine with me being gay.
My family is pretty big and generally pretty close. It's not as interesting as Spencer seems to think his family is. But really, you left out one of your most important family members, Spencer. You know, your husband.
I wanted to let you tell that.
Um, thanks for the honor? Well, we've been married for about two years. It was all completely romantic and not at all politically motivated.
Hey, the fact that we got married wasn't political at all. Maybe the timing of the proposal, but not the marriage itself.
True. Besides, I don't think the people who would have objected to us living together without being married would be really happy with us being married since we're, you know, both men.
We're also going to have a baby via surrogate.
That's going to be fun if you win the election, but we're still excited.
What are your ambitions? Which is most important?
At the moment, I want to win the election to the House of Representatives this time, and use that to launch my spectacular political career that will make me the first openly gay president by the time I'm fifty. Ideally, anyway.
I'd like to keep playing violin in an orchestra/symphony (which I'm doing now). Maybe I'll keep up teaching private lessons, but that might be hard if Spencer wins.
Describe the way you dress. Do you like it, or do you wish you dressed differently?
Lately, with the campaigning I've been doing, I pretty much have to wear a suit with a flag pin all the time. It gets kind of boring. I usually go back to the "nerd-chic" kind of thing I did before I was running for office.
I also have to wear suits when I make public appearances. And I actually have to shave frequently. I live for the days when I can still be a hipster.
We've been called the perfect young modern political couple in no small part because of how we dress.
What do you do for a living? What other jobs have you had, if any?
At the moment, I'm lawyer, and that's really the only meaningful job I've had.
I'm a violinist in an orchestra (just one of the guys buried somewhere in the first violins), and I give private lessons. I used to work in a café serving and playing live music.
Do you have any enemies? Who? Why are they your enemies?
Anyone who runs against me or isn't in the same party, not to mention anyone who has problems with homosexuality, especially public figures.
His enemies are my enemies.
Describe your home. What do you like about it? What do you dislike?
We're still living in the Chicago style bungalow we moved into after grad school. It's a good size and location, although some things could probably use repairs. It's also in a slightly tricky place for security.
It has a music room for me. I'm happy.